"You bring your baggage to my work and I'll bring mine."
-Dominic Rouse

In spite of what French film critic André Bazin wrote ("Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption."), photography certainly is one of the visual fine arts. The one thing that distinguishes photography from the other visual arts is that photography is about capturing a 'real moment' in time. Although everything else about photography is debatable and can change as methods, technology, and styles of the medium change, the one constant is the immutable fluid, time. If, at the base of your image, there is not a 'captured or frozen moment of reality', it is likely to be some other form of art.

 

Photography locks in that 'real moment' and fixes it to an image. That moment is the place where the photographer starts his/her journey. Perhaps part of the responsibility of the photographic artist is to explore beyond what is 'apparently' bonded. Perhaps it is less about the adhesive and more about the association; less about the chain and more about the linkage. From that first impulse or decision: "I'll capture that moment" the communication begins, and doesn't end until the artist makes that last, aesthetic, decision: "It is complete." Sometimes, it is a simple journey to bring to fruition the vision and communicate it. And sometimes, it is a much more circuitous and complex expedition.

 

Intuition is a key element in my work.
Successful artwork often finds its genesis in moments where the artist is powerfully drawn to an image or concept without initially understanding the source of the attraction.  I embrace the urge to capture images that I find compelling, only later to discover through reflection what drew me to such images in the first place.

Eclectic subjects feature strongly in my artistic practice.
I am broadly curious about the world and its inhabitants, and this curiosity infuses the images I produce.  One of the great privileges of photography is the possibility of discovering connections and reflections across what appear at first glance to be vastly different material and subject matter.

Narrative and context permeate my photography.
I seek to stimulate the viewer’s imagination to supply a story or context for any given image.  Narrative and contextual cues can arise from employing technical and structural photographic elements to suggest a scene, such as the use of strongly directional light, high contrast, and attention to dramatic details.  Such cues can also arise from selecting subjects that surprise and engage viewers, encouraging them to spend time with, and delve deeper into, the image itself.  Even such a seemingly simple thing as a title for each work is an opportunity for me to offer a contextual cue, especially in my abstract work.